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MartyFan
11-30-2006, 10:22 PM
From the Enquirer

http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/artikkel?Dato=20061130&Kategori=ENT&Lopenr=61130011&Ref=AR&Show=0&template=printpicart

Last Updated: 6:55 pm | Thursday, November 30, 2006
Radio station owner fires 19
BY JOHN KIESEWETTER | ENQUIRER STAFF WRITER

Longtime WEBN-FM midday DJ Wendy Walker and WCKY-AM sports talk host Jeff Piecoro were among 19 employees fired Wednesday in a downsizing similar to other Clear Channel markets.

“It was a blood gushing,” said Greg Waddell, a sports reporter and producer for WCKY-AM (1530) and WLW-AM (700). He was terminated in a late Wednesday afternoon phone call.

The cutbacks are part of an extensive restructuring by Clear Channel, the world’s largest radio station owner, which is being sold for $18.7 billion to private investors. Staff reductions have been made at stations from New York and San Francisco to Lexington and Louisville.

Also losing their jobs here were Mike Stevens and Madison from WVMX-FM (MIX94.1); Storm Bennett from WKFS-FM (KISS107.1); Richard “Scoop” Cowell, a WEBN-FM (102.7) morning “Dawn Patrol” sidekick; promotion employees; and station board operators.

General Manager Karrie Sudbrack and other Clear Channel managers in the Kenwood office could not be reached for comment, despite numerous attempts. The employees were told at a 4:30 p.m. meeting Wednesday that their jobs had been eliminated.

Clear Channel staffers had been worried about cutbacks for several weeks, after streamlining at many sister stations.

“We knew this was coming. Rumors were all over the hallways,” said Waddell, of Monroe, a four-year employee and a 20-year radio veteran who worked six days a week.

“I don’t blame the people (bosses) here. It’s not their fault. This is a call made by the home office in San Antonio,” said Piecoro of Crescent Springs.

Piecoro was a valuable utility player for the company. In addition to his 10 a.m.-noon weekday show, he hosted Bengals post-game call-in shows on WLW-AM and WCKY-AM, and weekly University of Cincinnati coaches’ call-in shows.

Piecoro also does University of Cincinnati basketball broadcasts for WXIX-TV (Channel 19), radio commentary for University of Kentucky football, and Reds TV work for Fox Sports Net Ohio.

Bennett also said he has other options to fall back on. He owns Quality Sounds DJs and Killer Creative Media.

Walker, who could not be reached for comment, had joined WEBN-FM in 1995 as a part-time promotions employee. Later that year she became a DJ on the station she had listened to since attending Miamitown Elementary School, where she formed a WEBN club.

“Scoop” Cowell had been part of ’EBN mornings for only seven months. “I love Cincinnati. I’ll hate to leave,” he said.

Heath
11-30-2006, 10:31 PM
Matt? You still employed?

Reds Nd2
11-30-2006, 10:36 PM
Cool! Does this mean we'll get to hear more Dr. Drew and Love Line? :rolleyes:

Well you cant turn him into a company man
you cant turn him into a *****
and the boys upstairs just dont understand anymore
well the top brass dont like him talking so much
and he wont play what they say to play
and he dont wanna change what dont need to change

And there goes the last DJ
who plays what he wants to play
and says what he wants to say
hey hey hey
and there goes your freedom of choice
there goes the last human voice
and there goes the last DJ

Heath
11-30-2006, 10:42 PM
Didn't 96.5 just go all-talk. Bet there's a ton of tapes and resumes' being tossed around.

MartyFan
11-30-2006, 10:44 PM
Didn't 96.5 just go all-talk. Bet there's a ton of tapes and resumes' being tossed around.

A lot of outgoing tapes and resumes I am sure...incoming? No way...CC is selling off over 400 stations over the next two years.

Heath
11-30-2006, 10:46 PM
A lot of outgoing tapes and resumes I am sure...incoming? No way...CC is selling off over 400 stations over the next two years.

I hope that this begins the reincarnation of small, independent, radio stations once again.

LoganBuck
12-01-2006, 12:14 AM
Does someone know where to find the ratings between Colin Cowherd and Jeff Piecoro? I am assuming that Colin was beating Jeff pretty good. I used to listedn to Jeff but I switched about a year ago. Colin is more entertaining and he doesn't talk high school football.

Caveat Emperor
12-01-2006, 12:48 AM
I hope that this begins the reincarnation of small, independent, radio stations once again.

Nope.

Just the end of mega-coprorate control of 50-70% of a market.

You'll still have large corporations controlling stations, there'll just be more corporate variety in the market instead of one big corporation owning everything.

cumberlandreds
12-01-2006, 07:40 AM
I am just glad to see that Venus Flytrap and Johnny Fever were not on the ax list. They were always two of my favorite Cincinnati Radio personalities. ;)

registerthis
12-01-2006, 09:03 AM
Nope.

Just the end of mega-coprorate control of 50-70% of a market.

You'll still have large corporations controlling stations, there'll just be more corporate variety in the market instead of one big corporation owning everything.

Well, that's......better. I guess.

Joseph
12-01-2006, 10:10 AM
I wondered what happened to Pic yesterday when I tuned in and heard Fox Sports Radio from 9 AM - 11 AM [CST] on the stream.

BUTLER REDSFAN
12-01-2006, 10:18 AM
when i read the title i figured someone came in and blew bill cunningham away

Team Clark
12-01-2006, 01:46 PM
Pic was terrible and ill informed. Not to mention he had an overly cocky disposition in person. Good riddance.

Matt700wlw
12-01-2006, 03:29 PM
Matt? You still employed?

Yes I am, and I'm thankful for that.

I feel terrible for those who aren't....it's been a tough week for everyone

Sham
12-01-2006, 04:47 PM
Pic was terrible and ill informed. Not to mention he had an overly cocky disposition in person. Good riddance.


Couldn't agree more. He was the worst I've ever heard.

Team Clark
12-01-2006, 05:15 PM
Yes I am, and I'm thankful for that.

I feel terrible for those who aren't....it's been a tough week for everyone

Thank Goodness!! You are a true asset to the board. Doesn't hurt that Marty is giving you some big time props. :thumbup:

BoydsOfSummer
12-01-2006, 09:36 PM
I can only hope this means Wildman Walker gets his own show again. :rolleyes:

Caveat Emperor
12-02-2006, 07:52 PM
I can only hope this means Wildman Walker gets his own show again. :rolleyes:

Word is that he's not too long for the radio world either.

Dom Heffner
12-02-2006, 10:54 PM
I can only hope this means Wildman Walker gets his own show again

When I interned at WLW, he was the nicest, most respectful person towards me. Just a great guy.